Suryakant Jena

At least six people were killed and many others left injured in road accidents at several places in Odisha on Monday.

A PDS rice laden-truck overturned killing at least three people near Jodibaru in Baripada Sadar area of Mayurbhanj district. An elderly woman reportedly died on the spot while two others succumbed to the injuries at Baripada Medical, said sources. As many as six people have been injured in the tragic mishap.

In another incident, two people lost their lives after a pick-up van rammed into a motorcycle near Kapasara on national highway 26 in Bhawanipatna.

Police have seized the pick-up van after the accident while the driver of the vehicle is said to have absconded from the site of the mishap.

Meanwhile, a couple travelling to Soro in a car also met with a fatal accident when their vehicle hit a standing hyva truck loaded with sand on NH-16 near the Kalitra Mandir chhak in Barikpur area of Bhadrak.

The man driving the car is said to have sustained grievous injuries in the accident while his wife has died.

The last few days in Odisha have seen over a dozen road accident deaths raising questions on the awareness of people about road safety and proper traffic regulations.

Notably, at least six people were killed and many injured in a horrific bus accident near Bidu Chhak at Soro in Balasore district on Saturday. Similarly, a collision between an SUV and a truck on Mahanadi bridge in Sonepur district also led to the death of as many as five people.

Odisha government announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the kin of each deceased in both the road mishaps.

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